On Parson: Wide receiver who has had three productive seasons at Maryland ... is coming off his best season ... will be the first receiver in when the offensive set calls for a slot receiver ... has steady hands, good speed and quick feet ... a solid blocking receiver ... a reliable kickoff and punt returner ... came to Maryland as a tailback but was converted to receiver quickly in his first season ... still gets the occasional carry in end-around type situations ... an Iron Terp who ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, benched 345 and squatted 455 pounds in off-season testing.
2003 (Junior): Saw action in 11 games (starting one), missing two with an injured ankle suffered before the Georgia Tech game ... came on strong at the end of the season ... fourth on the team with 17 receptions for 310 yards and a touchdown ... (at WFU) ... notched two receptions for 46 yards ... first catch of the game came on an inside slant route for a gain of 15 yards in the first quarter ... had a 31-yard reception in the third quarter on an inside post route ... added seven rushing yards on an option run to the right side in the third quarter ... (at NCSU) ... had the second memorable game of his career at NCSU, finishing with four receptions for 114 yards which are both career-highs ... returned one punt for 51 yards ... 42-yard reception in the fourth quarter came on a slant route, avoiding two defenders after the catch to pick up an additional 15 yards on the play ... on the play before, he had a key block that allowed Josh Allen to go 28 yards on first-and-21 from the Maryland 11... the plays were the two biggest in the Terps' drive that pulled them to within a point ... (vs. UVa) ... took an option run from Scott McBrien up the left sideline for a gain of 15 yards in the second quarter ... (vs. Duke) ... took a pitch from Scott McBrien in the second quarter and utilized his speed to gain 29 yards up the sideline ... finished with two receptions for 22 yards ... (vs. CU) ... caught his first touchdown of the season in the second quarter as he broke free of his defender in the corner of the end zone for 10 yards ... (vs. The Citadel) ... caught a pass up the middle for 35 yards in the second quarter, his longest reception of the night ... finished with two receptions for 46 yards ... returned two punts for 30 yards.
2002 (Sophomore): Played in all 14 games, finishing with 11 receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown ... also returned one punt (zero yards) and three kicks (36 yards) while rushing nine times for 42 yards ... (vs. WFU) ... had a season-high three receptions for 47 yards ... made his first career touchdown reception on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter ... had a season-long 31 yard reception in the second quarter ... (at UNC) ... had three carries for 13 yards ... (at WVU) ... had one catch for 21 yards in the first quarter to help set up Scott McBrien's touchdown run ... (vs. Wofford) ... had a team-high 37 yards receiving on two catches ... caught a 30-yard pass on the Terps' opening play of the second half ... (vs. FSU) ... had two receptions for 40 yards ... his 26-yard reception in the third quarter was the Terps' second-longest pass play of the day.
2001 (Freshman): Appeared in all 11 regular season games and the Orange Bowl ... had 11 receptions for 156 yards ... also returned 17 kicks for 375 yards and five punts for 25 yards ... one of four true freshmen to see playing time ... top offensive contributor among the team's true freshmen ... played more as the year progressed ... finished 64th in Division I-A in kickoff returns with a 22.1 average ... (vs. NCSU) ... had career-highs in receptions (three) and receiving yards (80) ... the 80 yards receiving led the team ... caught a pass over the middle for a career-long 64 yards before he was stripped at the goal line ... also returned five kickoffs for 123 yards and handled the punt return duties for the first time ... (vs. Duke) ... rushed two times for 39 yards including a 31-yard scamper ... the 31-yard run was the longest of his career ... also caught one pass for nine yards ... (vs. GT) ... had just two catches for 23 yards, but had the game's most important reception with his 17-yard grab that set up the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation ... the 17-yard catch was, at that time, the longest of his career ... (vs. UNC) ... made his first career reception (seven yards).
High School: A four-year letterwinner and 1999 graduate of Newark (Del.) High School ... a four-year varsity starter who rushed for 3,188 yards in his career while helping Newark High to a Delaware record four consecutive appearances in the state championship game ... as a senior, rushed for 1,320 yards and 14 touchdowns ... rushed for 710 yards as a junior when he was an honorable mention all-state selection on a 12-0 state championship winning team ... was a two-time 1,000-yard rusher during his career, totaling 1,060 yards as a sophomore in 1996 when he earned first team all-league and second team all-state accolades ... was the first freshman ever to start at defensive back in Newark High history ... was an honorable mention USA Today All-American ... also earned first team all-state and first team All-Blue Hen Conference (Flight A) honors after leading team to a 12-0 record and a second consecutive state title in `98 ... played on teams that compiled an aggregate record of 43-5 and played in the state championship game all four seasons ... was a first team all-state selection in track (4x100 relay) as a sophomore ... was also recruited by Syracuse, Michigan State and Nebraska out of high school ... high school coach was Butch Simpson.
Personal: Richard Parson is the son of Kim and Wayne Parson ... majoring in family studies.
Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD Long 2001 11-0 11 156 14.2 0 64 2002 14-0 11 162 14.7 1 31 2003 11-1 17 310 18.2 1 42 Career 36-1 39 628 16.1 1 64
Kickoff Ret. G-GS Ret Yds Avg TD Long 2001 11-0 17 375 22.1 0 29 2002 14-0 3 36 12.0 0 20 2003 11-1 1 19 19.0 0 19 Career 36-1 21 430 20.5 0 29
Punt Ret. G-GS Ret Yds Avg TD Long 2001 11-0 5 25 5.0 0 12 2002 14-0 1 0 0.0 0 0 2003 11-1 3 81 27.0 0 51 Career 36-1 9 106 11.8 0 51